This past Monday, seven Cornell teams competing for the 11th annual Urban Land Institute-Gerald D. Hines Competition breathed a collective sigh of relief as they finished their design and financial feasibility submissions. Thirty-five Cornell graduate and fifth-year architecture students returned early from winter break to participate in the annual urban design and development competition. Sponsored by international real estate firm Hines, this year's competition centers around design ideas for redevelopment of land immediately surrounding the Minnesota Vikings stadium in Minneapolis, MN. While the plans may or may not be applied to the site, the designs must be grounded in reality, addressing urban design and financial feasibility. The winning team will receive $50,000 with finalists teams receiving $10,000 each.
While Cornell is likely to have more team representation than any other school, the number of Cornell teams is not unprecedented; in 2011, Cornell fielded ten teams. Last year only saw four teams compete. This years teams represent a broad coalition of students from across the university: Business (1), Architecture (5), Landscape Architecture (10), Planning (12), Real Estate (5), and two joint degree program students participating: Landscape/Real Estate (1) and one Landscape/Planning (1).
More information about the competition is available at http://www.uli.org/programs/awards-competitions/hines-student-design-competition/about-the-competition/.
Students pulled many long hours to submit their plans before the January 28th deadline. Results are expected by early March. Great work and good luck competitors!